Trains to Brighton Find train times and tickets

Brighton is the nearest point on England's south coast to London, so it’s the obvious place to head for if you are looking for a seaside excursion by train from the capital. The beach is the obvious draw (if you don't mind pebbles rather than sand), but many venture to Brighton for the town's edgy culture and tolerant ways. In any season, Brighton is fun and quirky. It’s no longer the sedate resort once favoured by Queen Victoria; today it’s a liberal place which defies convention.

You find a generous helping of seaside tack along with the traditional pier. Fish and chips too of course. Many visitors flock to The Lanes, a rather twee area with some good seafood restaurants. To take the pulse of bohemian Brighton, head instead for North Laine where vegan shoes and hand-knitted muesli are all the rage. That North Laine area is a good first stop, as it’s close to Brighton station. It is also worth making time to see the extraordinary mock-Indian Royal Pavilion.

Brighton station bustles at any time of day – no surprise in a green city which shows a strong commitment to public transport. London is less than an hour away, and frequent trains speed from Brighton to Gatwick Airport in under 30 minutes. There are direct trains to Luton Airport and Bedford. Hourly trains run east to Hastings and Ashford, and there’s an equally frequent service west along the coast to Portsmouth and Southampton. There are a number of useful longer-distance services with occasional departures to Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham and Salisbury.

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Weston-super-Mare to Brighton by train

from £14.00

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Cambridge to Brighton by train

from £41.40

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Ipswich to Brighton by train

from £19.10

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Feltham to Brighton by train

from £26.80

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Bournemouth to Brighton by train

from £21.60

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Leicester to Brighton by train

from £21.00

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Haywards Heath to Brighton by train

from £6.40

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Kettering to Brighton by train

from £21.00

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Newton Abbot to Brighton by train

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Liverpool to Brighton by train

from £26.00

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Nuneaton to Brighton by train

from £14.50

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Stoke-on-Trent to Brighton by train

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Woking to Brighton by train

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Market Harborough to Brighton by train

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St Albans to Brighton by train

from £58.40

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Blackheath to Brighton by train

from £8.50

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Derby to Brighton by train

from £33.00

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Chichester to Brighton by train

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Stevenage to Brighton by train

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Carlisle to Brighton by train

from £43.00

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Exeter to Brighton by train

from £69.80

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Guildford to Brighton by train

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Crewe to Brighton by train

from £26.00

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Horsham to Brighton by train

from £12.20

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Preston to Brighton by train

from £42.00

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Southampton to Brighton by train

from £16.00

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Edinburgh to Brighton by train

from £49.00

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Doncaster to Brighton by train

from £245.00

Avg 1 change 3hr 14m

Sheffield to Brighton by train

from £35.50

Avg 1 change 3hr 47m

Brussels to Brighton by train

from £85.60

Avg 1 change 3hr 43m

Newport to Brighton by train

from £22.50

Avg 1 change 3hr 14m

Coventry to Brighton by train

from £17.50

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Cardiff to Brighton by train

from £19.00

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Bath to Brighton by train

from £17.50

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Mansfield to Brighton by train

from £30.50

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Trowbridge to Brighton by train

from £12.50

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Redhill to Brighton by train

from £13.50

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Gloucester to Brighton by train

from £19.00

Avg 1 change 3hr 31m

Swindon to Brighton by train

from £36.00

Avg 1 change 2hr 23m

Slough to Brighton by train

from £20.00

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Peterborough to Brighton by train

from £26.50

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Emsworth to Brighton by train

from £13.50

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Milton Keynes to Brighton by train

from £48.70

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Tamworth to Brighton by train

from £60.30

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Northampton to Brighton by train

from £22.60

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Rugby to Brighton by train

from £12.50

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Lincoln to Brighton by train

from £49.50

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Kingston upon Hull to Brighton by train

from £37.50

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Twickenham to Brighton by train

from £8.50

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Watford to Brighton by train

from £8.50

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Hastings to Brighton by train

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Bolton to Brighton by train

from £26.00

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Staines to Brighton by train

from £29.70

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Eastleigh to Brighton by train

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Newark on Trent to Brighton by train

from £34.00

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Plymouth to Brighton by train

from £18.50

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Leighton Buzzard to Brighton by train

from £8.50

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Eastbourne to Brighton by train

from £11.10

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Lancaster to Brighton by train

from £33.50

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Cheam to Brighton by train

from £19.40

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Blackpool to Brighton by train

from £123.60

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Richmond to Brighton by train

from £8.50

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Hemel Hempstead to Brighton by train

from £8.50

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Glasgow to Brighton by train

from £41.00

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Gatwick to Brighton by train

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